Gertrude Ederle, who hid her deafness during her younger days, was the
first woman to swim across the British Channel.
Many do not realize that she was one of the world’s best competitive
swimmers. As a member of the American swimming team at the the 1924
Summer Olympics in Paris, she was heavily favored to win all of
Much to her disappointment she only won one gold, and that was as
part of the 4×100 meter freestyle relay team. While she won
individual medals she did not win individual golds.
She said failure to win individual golds was the biggest disappointment
of her swimming career.